Amongst an intriguing slate of NHL games tonight is a Stars vs Devils game that you may be overlooking. From a fan standpoint, these are two teams that are flailing within their divisions and have not garnered much mainstream attention. However, from a betting point of view, this game offers a plus money underdog that is hard to ignore. Let’s take a look at the betting odds, trends and picks for the game and give our Stars vs Devils prediction.
Stars vs Devils NHL Betting Preview and Stream
NHL Regular Season
Dallas Stars (21-16-2, 7-12-1 Away) vs. New Jersey Devils (15-20-5, 10-9-3 Home)
Date: Tuesday, January 25, 2021
Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
Venue: Prudential Center – Newark, NJ
From an NHL betting standpoint, this game offers favorable odds no matter which side of the game you are on. These two teams come into tonight’s game on very level playing fields, and have many similarities between them. Both the Stars and Devils are about .500 over their last 10 games, and are nearly identical in some very important stats such as goals per game, goals allowed and shots on goal allowed.
Despite the many similarities, the Stars and Devils both enter the game with a distinct advantage over the other. The Stars have been very bad on the road this season, and while the Devils have not been great at home, they will certainly be able to use that to their advantage.
The Stars will be looking to take advantage of the Devils recent goaltending struggles, which has led them to start a very young and inexperienced goaltender in Akira Schmid. Schmid, who hails from Switzerland, has started just two games in the NHL, posting less than stellar numbers along the way. The Devils will need him to heavily outperform his current 4.41 GAA and .851 sv% if they want to come out of this game with a victory.
Stars vs Devils NHL Betting Odds & Spread
Moneyline: DAL: (-145) | NJD: (+120)
Spread: DAL: -1.5 (+170) | NJD: +1.5 (-200)
Total: 6 — Over: (even) | Under: (-120)
Public (Spread) Betting via Action Network: DAL: (38%) | NJD: (62%)
Odds to Win Stanley Cup: DAL: (+5000) | NJD: (+25000)
Stars vs Devils NHL Betting Trends
– Dallas is 17-22 (43.6%) ATS this season
– Dallas is 16-23 (41%) to the Over this season
– New Jersey is 20-23 (46.5%) ATS this season
– New Jersey is 22-16-2 (57.5%) to the Over this season
Stars vs Devils NHL Stats
– Dallas averages 2.89 goals per game (GPG) this season (T-18 in the NHL)
– Stars have surrendered 3.11 GPG (No. 21 in the NHL)
– New Jersey averages 2.9 GPG this season (No. 17 in the NHL)
– Devils have surrendered 3.4 GPG (No. 25 in the NHL)
– Dallas has a goal differential of -5 in 39 games this season
– New Jersey has a goal differential of -23 in 40 games this season
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Stars vs Devils Prediction
The New Jersey Devils are a heavy public dog, but have performed well in this spot. The Stars have either squeaked out victories or lost to multiple bad teams lately and have not performed well enough on the road to risk laying the -145 tonight. They are also on night two of a back-to-back, and are playing their fourth consecutive road game.
If New Jersey’s goaltending situation is too much and scares you off the ML, there is opportunity to make money on the over. You could even consider buying a half point and lowering the total to 5.5 (-125), though I am typically content to take the even number and be satisfied with the chance at a push.
Neither of these teams score many goals, but between the road fatigue of the Stars and the goaltending of the Devils, the over seems to be the play tonight.
Stars vs Devils Picks
New Jersey Devils – ML (+120)
Game Total – o6 (even) / o5.5 (-125)